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The Blue Banner Fall 2016 Editorial Board Editor-In-Chief John Mallow, News Editor Larisa Karr, Opinion Editor Nick Haseloff, Sports Editor Charles Heard, Arts & Features Editor Phillip Wyatt, Assistant Arts & Features Editor Erika Williams, Layout & Design Editor Megan Authement, Photography Editor Josh Alexander, Copy Desk Chief Emily Henderson, Copy Editors Rebecca Andrews, Elizabeth Walker, Advertising Manager Forest Lyons, Multimedia Editor Eli Choplin,

Photo courtesy of flickr user IoSonoUnaFotoCamera Trump’s presidential win causes mixed reactions among UNCA’s student body.

Election results trump student expectations CODY JONES

News Staff Writer

Now that the election results are in, some students at UNC Asheville grapple with the reality of President-elect Donald Trump. “It’s shocking, I didn’t expect this at all,” sophomore political science student Blake Hollar said. “I don’t think anyone did. It’s like a bad dream.” Ashley Moraguez, an assistant professor of political science at UNCA, said there are two ways to Moraguez forecast presidential elections and most people only paid attention to the models predicting a win for Hillary Clinton. Moraguez said some predictive models focus on what are called the fundamentals and some focus on public opinion polls. In this election the two models had different predictions: the fundamentals leaned toward

Trump while the public opinion polls leaned toward Clinton. The fundamental model relies on three main factors irrespective of who the candidates are. Those factors are incumbency, how long a specific party has controlled the White House and the health of the gross domestic product. “If an incumbent is running, we typically think that they’re going to win a second term,” Moraguez said. “Another factor is the longer a specific party is in the White House, the less likely they are to keep it and the final factor is the GDP. If the GDP growth is low, it’s typically really bad for the party currently in the White House.” Moraguez said these factors were not favorable to Clinton. “So the low growth of the GDP, the length of Obama in the White House and that she’s not an incumbent, all of those things were working against her on the fundamentals.” Moraguez said most people put their faith in the polling models and did not pay much at-

tention to the fundamentals. “The margins differed and the certainty we had in the polls differed but almost all of them were pointing toward a Hillary victory with fairly good certainty,” Moraguez said. “Political science is a little split on which to look at but I think the media was focusing on the polls.” Hollar said he is worried about the policies Trump campaigned on. “His immigration policy is scary even though it seems impossible to do, talking about deporting 11 million immigrants,” Hollar said. “I still think he’s going to try to do that on a smaller scale.” Moraguez said many of Trump’s campaign promises, particularly his immigration policy, are not likely to come to fruition. “Just from an economic standpoint, we don’t have the money to build a wall or deport 11 million immigrants,” Moraguez said. “I do think he might be able to crack down on immigration, but not to the extent he

campaigned on.” Moraguez said many of Trump’s policies would ultimately be determined by the Supreme Court. “So it’ll be interesting to see who he ends up appointing or who he’s able to appoint and how they will decide certain cases,” Moraguez said. “It’ll be interesting to see what policies he decides to prioritize, the first 100 days of a transition tend to be where you have the biggest mandate.” Kelsey Gaffigan, a junior sociology student, said she is concerned about what Trump’s election means for society in general. “I’m really worried about what’s going to happen,” Gaffigan said. “I’m worried about what Trump getting elected says about America accepting rape culture and excusing those behaviors.” Gaffigan said she has privileges others may not and because of that she is worried about what a

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In a time of chaos, banding together is the best solution As Donald Trump was declared the victor of the intense 2016 presidential race, Americans all around the country began to wonder what their future held. The divisive nature of this entire presidential race left many with a sense of ostracization regardless of party alignment. Cohesion never fully set in and all we could do was watch from afar as the race continued to fumble along. With jokes and jeers coming from both sides of the party line as well as popular television, nobody felt comfortable with their chances of winning and could only hide behind promises and cutting political rhetoric as a means of distraction. Trump’s victory over Clinton revealed the culminated animosity of many Americans. However, just because he won does not mean the people of

our country should roll over. Instead of splintering off into smaller groups and causing chaos as an expression of disdain, we all need to come together as one community and help each other for the sake of society as a whole. All the passion for change generated by this election can not simply dissipate. The people of the U.S. still remain split, but we must be stronger than the clashing ideals which divide us. Unity will heal the wounds created by the division of this presidential race. People must unify and make their voices heard louder than ever before. Just because your candidate may have lost does not negate your impact upon society. The unified few remain stronger than the divided many, and even if change does not come quickly, it will come faster through social understanding and accep-

tance. Despite personal beliefs, the last thing America needs now is a continuance of the division which affected our society to the core. The individual opinion matters and should not go unnoticed, but we must realize we are part of a much larger community which relies on codependence to create a stronger society for everyone. The idea of putting self-interest aside for a common goal is crucial for the overall betterment of yourself and those around you. While it seems like giving up, the power of unity displays the triumph of the American spirit. Do what you must to comprehend the state of the U.S., but realize you still have a voice as do those around you and you can still use it. But one must know how to use it effectively. Instead of voicing hatred or support, use

your voice to bridge the gaps between communities. Find ways to put your opinion aside to benefit the communal future and unify against the division of Americans. If America continues to remain discordant, all it will do is stagnate American society to a point of gridlock which could do more harm than any presidential action. Rather than turning away from the reality in front of us we need to face it head-on and find a way to unify in trying times regardless of religious affiliation, sexual orientation or any other divisive factor and continue to persevere toward an all-inclusive future. There is work that needs to be done and for true change to occur society must band together. It must not abandon the values it fought so hard for. Through unity change will come.

Organization brings attention to life-threatening disorder KADY BRASWELL

A&F Staff Writer

A typical Saturday for the average college student, Nov. 5 shone a light on a mental illness claiming the life of at least one person every 62 minutes. UNC Asheville held a National Eating Disorder Association Walk over the weekend that included speeches, a smashing of the scales and sidewalk messages written in chalk to spread good vibes around campus. “It was so heart-warming to be surrounded by a community of strong individuals, regardless if they had actually experienced the horror of an eating disorder like I have,” Graysen Schappell said. Schappell, an Asheville resident, met her girlfriend Bethany Swope while in treatment for their eating disorders — both attributing the sense of family they created within the several months of their in-patient treatment to their recovery.

Photo by Kady Braswell Steps to D. Hiden Ramsey Library promote the NEDA Walk. Having an accountability partner who makes sure you’re meeting your needs for the day and encourages you to keep choosing to get better everyday is an important factor of recovery, Swope said. “It’s easy to get caught up in the whole, ‘I can do this on my own’ mentality,” Swope said. “But I can tell you from expe-

rience, it wasn’t until I started attending these walks and I met Graysen and I actually started to let others help me that I began to make the progress I needed.” The walk lasted roughly an hour and a half and raised almost $5,000, half of their intended goal, according to the NEDA website. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 5.

According to the NEDA website, eating disorders are only given $28 million per year for research to find out what causes them, what goes through the mind and the best ways to treat each individual with each individual eating disorder. The average price spent per person was a mere 93 cents, while the average price spent per person with autism was $44. “We talked about that at the walk as well,” said Schappell, who donates part of her paycheck every month. “It’s a little scary knowing how prevalent eating disorders are, especially among people my age, and realizing that it’s not up to par with say, Alzheimer’s or schizophrenia, when it’s just as confusing for people to understand.” Schappell, Swope and the handful of others who attended the event were given the chance to take their scales to the grave and smash them with hammers,

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Students discuss marijuana use on campus BAILEY WORKMAN News Staff Writer

More and more frequently, UNC Asheville students resort to less-than-legal means of finding relief for the stressors of college, but the potential repercussions may outweigh the benefits. Hannah Earnhardt, a sophomore literature student from Charlotte, is frustrated with the legal climate surrounding marijuana. Earnhardt said she finds marijuana medically important, not just for her, but for her best friend. “It takes away a lot of my anxiety, that’s for sure. It definitely takes away headaches and helps me sleep better,” Earnhardt said. “My best friend was diagnosed with cancer this past year and she has been smoking a lot of weed to get rid of her nausea from her chemo. So there’s a good number of benefits to that.” Other students, such as Ryan Miller, a sophomore drama student, agree marijuana helps with disorders such as anxiety and insomnia. “As someone that struggles with a lot of anxiety things, it definitely helps me calm my nerves. I also had a sleeping disorder that I didn’t know about until I started smoking weed and I started sleeping through the night,” Miller said. “Which again, I did not know I had a problem sleeping until I realized what a good night’s sleep was.” However, the illegal nature of smoking marijuana on campus creates problems for those who partake. Robert Britton, a sophomore management student from Fayetteville, witnessed first-hand the consequences of getting caught. “I had a knock on my door and I said, ‘Come in,’ and it was two cops. We had just smoked in the bathroom, and

Photo courtesy of flickr user Torben Hansen Students often turn to marijuana for its calming effects. it smelled really bad and in the hallway because we didn’t towel the doors,” Britton said. “They came in and gave us both citations and then took the weed, put it in a bucket and just left.” Britton said there was a disciplinary process but it did not discourage him from further smoking. “I had to pay a $50 fine and got three months probation on campus, so if I got caught again I’d be in more trouble and I had to make a poster of choice,” Britton said. “Then I had to go to a class and do some online homework for it.” According to the UNCA Resident Student Handbook, those in possession of or found using drugs classified as illegal by state or federal laws are subject to disciplinary proceedings. However, these matters are handled internally, without the influence of city police. Not all students have felt the weight of getting caught by campus police, though many experience close calls. Miller said he had a run-in with a police officer shortly after he smoked marijuana but escaped unscathed. “There was one time where, after smoking, I did smell. I got into an elevator with a police officer, but he did not actually do anything, which I was kind of surprised about,” Miller said.

Still others, like Earnhardt, have yet to encounter campus police and are doubtful it will become an issue. “Honestly, I think if I got a citation or got in trouble, I would probably just not smoke weed on campus because it would scare the crap out of me. But there aren’t any cops around where I smoke, so I don’t feel stressed about it,” Earnhardt said. “I don’t even worry about it half the time and it’s also Asheville, so people are a little bit more lenient with it.” Even with the benefits students find smoking weed, drawbacks make themselves evident. Earnhardt said the ease of access in college has the potential to become habit-forming for many and increased fatigue combined with lack of motivation can prove deadly for a GPA. “I think college makes it easy to make things like that a habit because you have a lot of free time and you could have late classes and think, ‘Well, I’ll just get lit every night,’ or something. I think it could be bad if you smoke all the time,” Earnhardt said. “You could be more tired or might not do your homework as much or something. It could possibly take away from your schoolwork, which would be bad, but that’s dependent on the person.” When choosing whether

or not to live on campus, the ease of marijuana smoking comes up as a priority factor for some. Miller said although he was put on the waitlist for housing, he is glad he did not secure on-campus housing for this year. “I did get put on the waitlist but I was honestly really happy with that decision because I could continue to use marijuana for medicinal purposes off campus without fear of getting a citation or getting kicked off of campus,” Miller said. With marijuana legalization passed in four states, the conversation surrounding marijuana laws grows on campus. Earnhardt said she finds the current marijuana laws unnecessary and the government is helping to restrict something with the potential to help people. “I think they’re rather unnecessary. I don’t really have a strong opinion about them, but I think they’re unnecessary just because I think there are a lot of benefits to it and it could help a lot of people,” Earnhardt said. “I think by making it illegal like they have and all that kind of regulation stuff about it, it could be helping a lot of people and it’s not.” Miller said the laws should not be as strict and legalization would make it easier to regulate distribution. “I think they’re ridiculous. I don’t think they need to be as strict as they are. I feel like if weed is legalized it would be a lot easier to regulate the distribution of it, if that makes sense,” Miller said. However, students like Britton see a future where marijuana is legalized across the nation. “I think it’s going to be legalized soon. I mean, California just became recreational, so it will soon come,” Britton said.


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Alumnus returns to teach as writer-in-residence MADISON BALL Contributor

Inside Wiley Cash’s office sit the bare essentials needed for being a college professor. He has a laptop, a few pens and pictures of his family on his desk. No decorations grace the walls of this visiting writer, as he will only be teaching at UNC Asheville for the fall semester. He teaches two courses: a Tuesday/Thursday literature class in the mornings and a Wednesday night creative writing workshop. He is not in his office much Cash aside from office hours because he wants to spend time with the family he uprooted from Wilmington and placed in a nice neighborhood outside of Asheville. While the workload he manages here pales in comparison to his past ventures as a professor at other universities, he still has not adjusted to someone else dictating his schedule. He misses putting his children to bed at night on Wednesdays and often is not there to see them wake up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This doesn’t mean Cash regrets taking the job at UNCA. In fact, he loves it. “I’m very fortunate, and I know it,”

Cash said. After graduating from UNCA, Cash frequently returned to the area to visit the campus and the mountains. He loved everything about the region and would make sure to stop by anytime he had the chance. Then, an opportunity arose to take up residence in Asheville. “I was approached by the university in 2014. I taught here as an adjunct professor before graduate school, but I hadn’t taught in four years,” Cash said. Accepting the job and moving to Asheville presented a challenge for the Cash family. “I have two children under two years old. My dad also passed away this summer and my wife’s cousin just had a baby. Leaving all of that at home, that’s hard to do,” Cash said. Back home, Cash’s mother experienced health problems and Cash missed important events. “But I still had friends in Asheville and I’ve made friends in Asheville,” Cash said. Cash admits he often feels nostalgic and returning to the campus he used to call home puts him at ease. “When I was here and I was 20, I had a good time. I was happy here,” Cash said. Often in class, he will tell his students about experiences he had as an under-

graduate on campus and in Asheville, mentioning ghost stories and tales of parties long ago. Cash grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina — a true Southern soul. The courses he teaches reflect his background in the area. “I knew that I would have to teach a writing class and I wanted to teach fiction because that’s what I do, and then Southern lit. I thought I could have been comfortable teaching a survey a few years ago,” Cash said. However, Cash turned against the initial idea of a survey course. “But then I felt like a Southern lit class because I’m a Southern writer. I’m from the South, my background is in Southern lit, primarily African-American lit. It was a natural fit for me to come out of the gate and draw from my natural strengths and store of knowledge that I already have,” Cash said. Marcy Pedzwater, a Wilmington native, said students did not exactly know what they were signing up for when they registered for his class. “It definitely surprised me. I was thinking probably William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. He started the class with Black Lives Matter and that was pretty memorable,” Pedzwater said. His Southern literature class discusses novels and stories by African-American

writers written after or during the Great Migration, a time period where African-Americans left the Southern states and went north to seek a better life. As a senior literature student, Pedzwater grew curious about the class and the award-winning professor. “Dr. Cash makes goal-setting seem achievable. He’s a normal dude with a best selling novel,” Pedzwater said. Cash wrote two novels, both collecting many awards and making him a wellknown novelist. His next book comes up in class discussions, as students’ readings reflect on similar time frames and themes. “I haven’t written since I’ve been in Asheville. I have thought about this book, in relation to the Great Migration and how people migrated out of the mills and into the Piedmont,” Cash said. Cash’s creative writing course has also drawn attention from other faculty members. Evan Gurney, an assistant professor in the English department at UNCA, said Cash is an advertisement for students who wish to pursue creative writing. “He is an example of someone who was in my students’ shoes and he is obviously quite talented and gifted, but has worked hard at his craft. He is immediate proof of that kind of work ethic,” Gurney said.

human body circadian rhythms change when the season changes and sunlight is reduced, thus creating a seasonal affective disorder.

creates a certain level of fatigue for most people, he said. Seasonal affective disorder is typically a lower level of depression. People are affected by the sunlight they are exposed to throughout the day. “We don’t understand the science behind it. But somehow, the less exposure to light is impacting the biochemistry of the brain, which is causing the depression,” Cutspec said. He said SAD remains biological and is not necessarily caused by external stressors. The brain and body react to the ratio of darkness to light. Cutspec said there are 3 predominant ways to treat SAD: light therapy, talk therapy and prescribed medication. He said with light therapy, individuals can sit and work under the SAD light for about 30 minutes. It is best to do this treatment in the morning for better results. “Generally, that is effective 75 percent of the time. The sunlight that our eyes

are exposed to has impact on the brain chemistry. So when it gets darker, our eyes aren’t getting much light and that oppresses our brain chemistry. The SAD light stimulates that,” Cutspec said. Cutspec said talk therapy involves individuals talking about their personal situations and helping them to find strategies to overcome SAD, such as exercise. Cutspec said medication, such as Melatonin, can be prescribed. “Melatonin is something we naturally produce in our bodies that helps our body deal with circadian rhythms. We usually prescribe that for sleep but it helps students feel well when they wake up,” he said. He said many people and students experience SAD and are not aware of it, and others talk little about it. SAD affects the motivation and ability of individuals to get work and schoolwork done. He said some people tend to

Students experience seasonal affective disorder this fall KAREN LOPEZ

News Staff Writer

As the seasons change in Western North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains take on an array of colors. Along with nature’s beauty comes shorter days and less sunlight, a direct cause of the mood disorder known as seasonal affective disorder. Shea Thurlby, a server at Cracker Barrell Old Country Store, grew up in Tampa, Florida, where she often remained energetic and in a content mood. She then moved to Hendersonville where the weather is colder and it has been difficult for her to get used to the weather change. “I noticed I had SAD last year,” 23-year-old Thurlby said. “I felt super sad, emotional and I would cry a lot. Sometimes I would cry and not even know why. I just wanted to sleep and not talk to anyone.” Jay Cutspec, director of Health and Counseling at UNC Asheville, said the

The sun produces serotonin in the brain, and the lack of it alters a depressed mood. Shea Thurlby

Circadian rhythms are body rhythms that impact people’s mood and sleep, Cutspec said. Throughout the course of the day, the body goes through energy level changes. “We can be alert and on task, and as the day goes we get tired and less focused. It is the flaw of our body’s energy,” 54-year-old Cutspec said. When seasons change and light changes, the rhythms in the body alter and it

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Section Editor: Nick Haseloff

Trump instills fear, despite privilege NICK HASELOFF

Opinion Editor

As a straight white middle-class male, I am part of the majority least affected by the outcome of this year’s general election. This, however, does not mean I am not scared. I am terrified not because conservatives will now control the House of Representatives, the Senate, the presidency and most likely the Supreme Court. I am terrified because of how divisive and hateful this election has made our country. I watched firsthand as Donald Trump led hate- and anger-filled chants at rallies consisting of up to 7,000 people in our own city of Asheville. That same man will now lead our country. I am terrified for my friends who are part of minority groups. Whether they are of a different skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or cultural background, their fight just got much more difficult. With the type of opinions many conservatives in power have about these groups, it is hard to believe there

Photo by Nick Haseloff President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Asheville. will be a lot of progress for the disen- run on a platform of a total free-market franchised in the next few years. I stand economy, that does not leave a lot of with these people because the fight is not room for people still struggling to pay over and now more than ever we need to for their education years after they graduate. Education is a huge part of growrally together to fight for equality. I am terrified as a college student still ing a successful economy, and not just in the process of amassing a mountain of the privileged should be allowed to earn debt. When the winning candidate has a degree without being burdened by stu-

dent loans. I am terrified as someone relying heavily on effective and accessible healthcare in order to get the treatment I need. People in our country want to be able to live healthy and happy lives without worrying about whether or not insurance will cover them. Medical debt is at an all-time high and with families declaring bankruptcy because of hospital visits it does not seem like the opportune time to go to a laissez-faire style of caring for those in need. I am hopeful, despite all of this, my generation will still develop a country where we will feel comfortable to follow through on our personal goals. My generation of millennials has often been accused of being thin-skinned and too sensitive when it comes to people opposing our beliefs. I think this is because we have our hearts in it more than anyone else. This is our future we are fighting for and it is our job starting now to prove to everyone else that we can be strong and resilient and stand up to adversity in the face of extreme opposition.

Standing against oppression is key in light of the 2016 election R. GRAY

Opinion Staff Writer

The night of the election was one of the most horrifying things I have had the misfortune of witnessing in my lifetime. Nothing is more harrowing than watching someone openly bigoted slowly and surely become the next leader of the U.S. I voted and it was not enough. There was nothing I could do but watch helplessly as the election tipped in Donald Trump’s favor. I do not know what is worse: watching it happen or being one of many who went to bed and woke up to their safety being more uncertain than ever. The problem is not just Trump but the chain reaction resulting from his rise to power. The people who voted for him

— his supporters, people who hate minorities — they all see his success and believe there are no consequences for being openly hateful. They are no longer afraid to oppress, suppress and intimidate. They see him and they see their hateful stances justified. They see him and they see half of America agreeing with them. Hate crimes are bound to rise because of this. It happened with Brexit and it will most certainly happen here. I watched my friends break down uncertain of their future, afraid of leaving their homes the following day. I heard my friends talk about how their parents were crying, afraid of being in a country that was once an escape. I got to face the dawning realization half of America wants me, my friends and people like us dead. I should not be afraid to exist. My friends should

not be afraid to exist. People of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and health problems should not be afraid to exist. People crying out in fear and despair should never be the reaction following an election. The fact this reaction was commonplace once Trump was elected should be telling. None of this means our fight is over. It means we have to fight louder and harder to make ourselves be heard. It means we have to make every step of the way hell for the people who would oppress us. It means we have to step up for others. It means keeping each other safe in the days ahead. It means listening to people who lack the same privileges we may have, and we must keep intersectionality in mind during our struggle. If we do not fight for change, nothing will change and things will likely

get worse. We should not have to fight for our own safety, but that is how it has to be until the day comes where we no longer have to. We have to fight for ourselves, and we have to fight for our future and for the future of the next generation. In his book, La Famille, Père Hyacinthe writes, “These trees which he plants and under whose shade he shall never sit, he loves them for themselves and for the sake of his children and his children’s children, who are to sit beneath the shadow of their spreading boughs.” Meaning while we may never see the fruits of our labor, future generations will. That alone is more than worth it. The future is worth fighting for, if only to ensure everyone who comes after us gets to live in better circumstances.


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Section Editor: Charles Heard

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Sydney Stradling demonstrates her rock-climbing ability which runs in her family.

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Student ascends to double placement in local climbing contest

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Sweat drips down UNC Asheville student Sydney Stradling’s upper brow as she weaves in between crowds of competitors and clouds of chalk dust. After weeks of training she is ready to put her body to the test as she steps up to complete a difficult route at the Smoky Mountain Adventure Center’s 22nd Annual Fall Flash Climbing Fest on Nov. 5. Four hours later, she brushes the chalk from her palms as she is handed two third-place ribbons — one for third-place among all intermediate-level competitors and the other for third-place among all adult females. “I wanted to win, but I definitely wasn’t expecting to,” Stradling said. “I haven’t won anything in a climbing competition since high school.” As a junior health and wellness promotion student, 20-year-old Stradling started

climbing six years ago, but had to balance training with a full course load, a part-time job at a local cafe and weekly volunteering at Park Ridge Hospital. Stradling began climbing as a 14-year-old after tagging along with her little brother to the local climbing gym. “One day I was climbing and one of the coaches at the gym asked me to join the climbing team,” Stradling said. “I joined because someone expressed interest in me and thought I was good enough.” Stradling grew up in Raleigh with her mom Leanne, her dad Richard and her brother Ben. Before becoming an avid climber, she was active in cross country, lacrosse and tennis. Although Stradling was involved in predominately endurance sports before she began climbing, her mom said climbing allows her to set goals and push herself harder at a pace that suits her. Her mother, now a fourthgrade teacher, said she used to

climb throughout high school and college, exploring boulder fields in northern New Hampshire. Although Stradling said she enjoys climbing outdoors, she focuses on bouldering indoors because it is more accessible. Bouldering is a form of climbing without the use of ropes or harnesses. In an indoor gym it is typically climbing at heights of 10 to 16 feet with crash pads underneath or a spotter to catch you if you fall. The Fall Flash Fest was a bouldering competition for all ages. This year there were over 100 competitors ranging from ages 10 to 50 and older. Kevin Rohweder, the facility manager and assistant team coach at Smoky Mountain Adventure Center, said this particular competition was a redpoint style competition, which means climbers had a set amount of time to climb the five hardest boulders they could. “Score is kept on individual score cards with other climbers

and coaches signing off as witnesses on a climber’s successful ascent,” Rohweder said. “There are 65 boulder problems with Boulder 1 being easiest and 65 the hardest. Boulder problem 1 is worth 100 points, Boulder 2 is worth 200, Boulder 3 is worth 300, etc…” To train for the competition Stradling said she went to the climbing gym at least two times a week to practice different routes on each boulder. She also has a hangboard above her bedroom door that allows her to train her upper body strength as well as the muscles in her hands and fingers used for gripping. Although Stradling only competes once or twice a year, she climbs even when she is not training for a competition. “I really like that it is a mental sport just as much as it is a physical sport,” Stradling said. “You really have to think differently about how to get from point A to point B, so it really challenges me.”

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Athletic trainers play key role on campus CHARLES HEARD Sports Editor

LAURA HOFFMAN Sports Staff Writer

It is a few hours before the start of the big game. The entire team hangs out in the locker room trying to get out all of the pre-game jitters. Coaches frantically try to figure out the game plan and the opposing team’s weaknesses. Standing behind the scenes and being ready to help with the physical aspect of getting into the gameday mindset are some of the key factors in all of this madness — the athletic training staff. Men and women infused into the coaching staff at UNC Asheville, who may not necessarily have a big say in the plays being made, play a huge part in how a player will execute those drills. They keep the athletes at peak performance and they are the people who have to give the red card and sit a player out. Tim White holds the position of head athletic trainer on campus. In his eighth

year at UNCA, he observes every possible aspect of the athletic training program. “We oversee the prevention of injuries. We will do the evaluation if there is an injury,” White said. “We will make up a return-to-play program for injured individuals and work with our team physicians on a regular basis to make sure we are providing the appropriate medical care we need to.” Paige Trent, the senior women’s soccer captain, works with the athletic training team throughout the soccer season. Trent said their warm hearts keep Trent the teams going during tough times. The skills the public do not see are the backbone of every sports team on campus. “Our trainers do a lot of the behindthe-scenes help, taping, stretching, wrapping — the things happening before training sessions and before games people don’t necessarily see,” Trent said. “Most of us wouldn’t be playing to our

full potential without them.” Mathes Mennell, the men’s soccer coach, is a big proponent of the athletic training team. “Athletic trainers are responsible for all facets of our student athletes well being. They serve as the clearinghouse for all aspects of their health,” Coach Mennell said. “They are at every practice and during the championship portion of the year and they are usually at every team function.” Heather Mohler, an assistant athletic trainers on campus, is a six year athletic training veteran and has been working on UNCA’s campus for four of those Mohler years. Mohler said many aspects go into working with a Division I sports team. The athletic trainers work as contact points for all of the physicians working with or on the players. “We work with the physical therapists to administer and carry out post-surgical rehabs,” Mohler said. “We work on

concussion protocols and working on emergency action plans in case there is a situation on the floor, just making sure the athlete gets the appropriate care.” The athletic trainers try their hardest to give the player what they need on-site but sometimes they do not have the skills or equipment to do what the player needs in the moment. “We may not be able to do everything, but we work closely with other professionals to make sure they get the care they need,” Mohler said. “We are kind of the first point of contact for the players then refer them to wherever they need to go.” Michelle Demko, the women’s soccer coach, talks about the communication with the athletic trainers — an extremely detailed daily occurrence. “I receive an injury report everyday from our trainer listing each player and what their potential injury is, their treatment or rehab program is and if she is ‘full go’ or ‘non contact’ during practice for that day,” Demko said. “The trainer

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Daughter took the stage at The Orange Peel on Nov. 7.

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Daughter plays Asheville for the first time CONCERT REVIEW


A line stretches from The Orange Peel to Wicked Weed on Nov. 7. The crowd files into the club and waits quietly for the show to begin. An hour after doors open, Vancouver Sleep Clinic takes the stage. After a few songs, the lead singer introduces them and tells a cheering audience this is the first time the native Australians have visited the U.S. After a short set of melancholic rock songs with distorted vocals, Vancouver Sleep Clinic leaves the stage. A few moments later, the headliner Daughter enters the stage with a roar from the audience. Daughter sings several songs before guitarist Igor Haefeli finally addresses the audience. “You may have noticed that we are quite awkward on stage,” Haefeli said. “It’s not you. It’s us.” The audience laughs at this as the band continues their set. The Orange Peel is lit up with brightly colored lights. Daughter’s songs give the feeling of nostalgia and the lights reflect this. These are songs meant to make you miss someone. While most of the audience sways and holds each other to the music, a few audience members on the edge of the crowd dance wildly. Their eyes are closed as their bodies twist to the mu-

Photo courtesy of 4AD Records Daughter’s latest effort Not to Disappear was released on Jan. 15. sic, their hands flowing over their heads. Elena Tonra’s haunting voice keeps lisOthers look at them with some judge- teners glued to the stage. ment, but they cannot see and they do “Thank you so much for coming out not care. While Daughter sings passion- tonight,” Tonra said timidly halfway ately on stage, the dancers mirror the through the show. “I’m sorry I’m like passion back to them. this and have to keep changing my guiAlthough the band does little more tar.” than perform, they do so flawlessly with The audience keeps quiet for most of little to no mistakes. While perhaps not the show, choosing not to sing along, but the most entertaining band, lead singer to only sway during the music and clap

and cheer during the pauses. It is only when Daughter begins to play their most popular song “Youth,” that the audience begins to sing along. After a long cheer as the opening chords play, the crowd begins to sing beautifully along with Tonra who cannot contain her smile through the song. Each time the audience begins to die away, she nods in encouragement and the singing swells up again. “I hope we can come back,” Tonra said. “It’s been such a good day just roaming around.” The band’s final song hauntingly echoes “if you leave me.” The band takes a bow and walks off the stage as the crowd cheers. Rather than leaving, the crowd begins chanting for an encore. The first attempt at this dies out rather quickly, but is resurrected along with feet. A few moments later, the beaming members of Daughter come back on stage. “Alright, I guess we’ll play one more,” Tonra said. Daughter’s entire set up to this point had been comprised of slow songs, but the encore was an absolute rocker. The crowd cheers and every member is dancing in fashion. For the first time, Daughter looks as if they are truly having fun. Throughout the show Tonra and Haefeli made eye contact while singing emotional songs, but for this one they are looking at each other and laughing. They are jamming with friends and they are doing it perfectly.

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Tegan and Sara take in the cheering crowd of fans on Nov. 10 at The Orange Peel.

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Te g a n a n d S a r a l o v e A s h e v i l l e t o d e a t h CONCERT REVIEW


Fans begin lining up outside The Orange Peel before noon on Thursday. Doors do not open until 7 p.m., but nearly a dozen fans show up hours before to see Tegan and Sara. Many of the first in line have been following the band around North America for their tour in support of their new album, Love You to Death. Late in the afternoon, the band comes by to say hello to those who have been waiting. They are gracious and thank the group profusely for coming. When the doors finally open, fans rush to secure spots on the front row. On their way, they toss letters and postcards into a mailbox on the merch table. If the postcards are stamped and pre-addressed, Tegan and Sara will sign them and send them back. The opening act, Torres, comes on stage at 8 p.m. and runs through a setlist of experimental rock songs. Before the last song, Torres reads a verse from the Bible in response to what she describes as the systematic silencing of marginalized groups by president-elect Donald Trump. “I believe in you and I love you,” Torres said after reading the verse. “Evil will not prevail.” After their set, Torres and her backing band tear down their equipment and

build Tegan and Sara’s stage. The light show begins. “I’m So Excited” plays as the crowd sings along as they eagerly await. Finally, the lights dim. Three people walk on stage and take their places. Two more people follow them, taking their place at the front of the stage. They are Tegan and Sara and the show is about to begin. The opening number is an updated version of “Back in Your Head” from 2007s The Con. Originally a keyboard-heavy tune, the new version is more electronic, fitting in more with the sound Tegan and Sara cultivated on their last two albums. Their 2013 effort, Heartthrob, was met with some reluctance from fans who expected the same indie-rock sounds they had associated with Tegan and Sara through the years. Heartthrob, a self-described pop album, introduced a different sound for the band evolving since their debut 17 years ago. Love You to Death is an extension of Heartthrob and the growth associated with it. Despite the fans initial reactions, many have grown to love Heartthrob and accept the band has been moving toward a completely pop album since So Jealous was released in 2004. The sound may have changed, but the heartfelt lyrics are still there, the lyrics the audience are screaming along to at The Orange Peel. After a few more songs, Tegan and Sara pause to talk to the audience. “You guys, holy fuck what a shit week,” Tegan tells a cheering crowd. “We’re here to sing and dance and cry

and tell you we love you.” Tegan and Sara continue their banter, a signature of their live shows. At one point, Tegan complains about her small bed on the tour bus and how she always wakes up tangled in her heating pad. She said she missed her memory foam mattress and a fan screamed she could borrow theirs. The fan and Tegan had a short conversation about the mattress while Sara watched on, laughing. As the conversation continued, another fan called for Tegan to come sleep with her. Sara tells the audience they are both in happy relationships but to feel free to mingle and meet someone there and if they do to let the band know with #imetmymateatteganandsara. The show continues with Tegan and Sara playing songs from nearly all of their albums including Heartthrob, The Con, If It Was You, Sainthood and Love You to Death. Halfway through the show, the backing band walks off the stage. A stagehand brings Tegan a painted guitar to perform two acoustic songs: “The Con” and “Call it Off.” This small intermission was a break from the high-energy sound from the rest of the show that has now come to define them. With the new sound Tegan and Sara have cultivated with Heartthrob and Love You to Death, their live shows have evolved as well. At one time the band and their backing band would all be wearing different clothes and everyone would remain standing behind their microphone stands and instruments.

This tour introduced a new setup. The backing band is dressed completely in white, as are Tegan and Sara, with the additions of a flowing floral print top for Tegan and a black leather jacket for Sara. The two also move around the stage more frequently, dancing and coming to lower parts of the stage to get closer to the audience. Throughout the show, both Tegan and Sara thanked the fans for everything they have done for the band. “You guys have given us a lot over the last 17 years,” Sara said. “We are happy to fight as long you’ll have us.” In response to Trump being elected and North Carolina’s HB2 bill that saw many musicians cancel shows in North Carolina, Tegan and Sara donated all of the money from merch sales from Thursday night’s show to EqualityNC. “To boycott North Carolina would be a disservice to our fans, many of whom identify on the LGBTQ spectrum,” the band said in a Facebook post announcing the donation. “As we face the results of this U.S. election, we pledge to provide a safe environment for our fans to gather together.” Although Tegan and Sara are Canadian, they also both identify as gay and say they are just as afraid as LGBTQ+ Americans, but will stand and fight for the rights of others. “Please take care of each other,” Tegan said before wrapping up the show. “Be proud of yourself.”


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Sara gets emotional during Tegan and Sara’s performance at The Orange Peel on Thursday.

Photo by Phillip Wyatt Tegan croons to a responsive audience matching her every word.


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Photo by Phillip Wyatt Sara belts out background vocals for Tegan at The Orange Peel.

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THE ISSUE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS With no consent, know your options

AUDRA GOFORTH News Staff Writer


Editors’ note:

Sexual assault, a pervasive issue throughout the country, especially on college campuses, certainly occurs at UNC Asheville. The most recent report was recorded on Wednesday. Sexual assault is an extremely serious issue, yet it is underreported, very sensitive in nature and causes discomfort to some. Therefore, debate and coverage of it lacks specifics or empathy and usually occurs without the intention of planning action. Sexual assault is grossly misunderstood as the uninvited breach of one’s sense of mental and emotional sanctity, and not just as an uninvited breach of the body. The following article is divided into subheadings in an effort to outline a variety of related points regarding the issue. One section aims to convey to those who have not experienced or heard the experience of a victim the extent of the trauma to one’s emotional health and ability to function well through daily life. Other sections seek to define the extent of resources available to victims from the school and local programs as well as reduce any ambiguity around associated terms and themes regarding sexual assault by providing official and accepted definitions of terms and explanations of circumstances. These articles also aim to make everyone aware of the importance of defining, reporting, advocating, respecting and protecting victims. Whether a victim tells a friend, a RA, a faculty member, Title IX, Our VOICE or the police, they should know there are resources available to them.


According to RAINN, a sexual assault support website, there are differences between sexual assault, rape and force. The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior occurring without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include penetration of the victim’s body, attempted rape, forcing

a victim to perform sexual acts and fondling or unwanted sexual touching. Rape is a form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. The term rape is often used as a legal definition to specifically include sexual penetration without consent. Force does not always refer to physical pressure. Perpetrators may use emotional coercion, psychological force or manipulation to coerce a victim into non-consensual sex. Some perpetrators will use threats to force a victim to comply, such as threatening to hurt the victim or their family or other intimidation tactics.

my own piss and I had these strange, fingerprint looking bruises on my thighs,” she said. “A few hours later I got a text asking if I was on birth control.” She proceeded to meet with the guy, who she said is a fellow student, to gain clarity on the events of the night before. “I remember this conversation so well. I asked him what happened and he said, ‘I can’t even look you in the eye. I feel so guilty,’” she said. “I replied that given that reaction, he must know he’d done something completely wrong. So I asked him what he put in my drink. He said he wasn’t going to admit to that or lie to me, but he didn’t deny it.” She said for weeks after the incident she could not function normally at all. If I had to give advice, She said she did not know who to go to or the first thing I would tell a what to do, so she stayed in her room for three weeks, afraid to go outside. victim is that it is not their “I ended up failing two classes and lost fault. It is never their fault. everything about myself. I just couldn’t believe that someone would do that while you’re unconscious,” she said. “I didn’t handle it well at all. I started smoking [marijuana] a ton because anytime I felt Statistics like I was going to cry, that’s how I’d According to UNCA’s 2016 Security combat those feelings.” and Fire Report, in 2015, one incident She said the hardest part of her experiof domestic violence was reported, two ence was the denial she received from incidents of stalking, one report friends and others in her life. of fondling and five accounts “I was mostly really sad of rape on campus, four of because no one believed which occurred in resime. That was the biggest dence halls. slap in the face,” she So far in 2016, two said. “I remember telling reports of sexual assault one of my friends and have been reported to his response was, ‘You of female student campus police, the latest probably just got really occurring on Nov. 9. One victims age 18-24 report drunk and fucked some guy case of rape has been report- to law enforcement and now you’re regretting it.’ -RAINN ed to campus police this semesTo that I replied, ‘If that were the ter on Aug. 20. case, why wouldn’t I just admit that, how hard is that to say’ and he still didn’t beA victim’s anecdote lieve me.” A student who claims they were raped The student said the harassment was off-campus by another student wanted not confined to one night but that she sees her story told but not to be referred to him on campus almost daily. by name. She said she went to a small “The incident has been difficult enough. house gathering where drinking was tak- Seeing him around doesn’t help,” she ing place that night. She said she had only said. had five beers by 10 p.m., which she said She said the assault was not the end of would not black her out, but could not re- his abuse. member anything from 10:30 p.m. until “He started harassing me. I would be she woke up at 8:30 a.m., in a strange bed. sitting in the cafeteria and he would be “I was completely naked, covered in way on the other side, see me and then

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This photo illustration aims to encapsul come over and just sit at the table next to me and just stare at me,” she said. “I really think he just gets off on making me as uncomfortable as possible.”

I ended up failing two classes and lost everything about myself.

victim The student said she did not press charges against her attacker due to a lack of evidence. She said she did not go to the hospital or save her clothing after the incident. The last thing on her mind at the time was evidence. She said she was also embarrassed and afraid.


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guy with another girl. “It was stupid but I just had to get out of there, if I ever have a chance to prevent that from happening to another girl, I will.”

Title IX

Photo illustration by Nick Haseloff late the loneliness victims suffer as they try to mask their pain and do not share what happened to them. Due to not having pressed charges after not allowed to obtain permission to park if I wanted to come talk to her and I imthe assault, the student was unable to elsewhere. mediately said yes. Finally someone who find official means by which to “I didn’t feel safe walking up reached out because it’s hard to ask for have the male student forced from that lot. So I didn’t park help in that situation.” to keep his distance. there and got 28 parking She said she began to rediscover herself “The day after it haptickets last year,” said the after months of regular counseling. pened, I didn’t think student. “It was like I was dead for five months ages 18-24 to get a rape kit. That The student said she and then all of a sudden I woke up and felt definitely wasn’t the was able to cope with like a human being again. I could laugh. I first thing on my mind. her assault due to the started doing art again,” she said. “I will I should’ve immediately support of her family, stu- always be thankful for those who helped gone to the hospital,” she more at risk for sexual dents and a faculty member me.” said. “The reasons I didn’t who led her to Our VOICE, Months after her attack, the student said violence -RAINN were stupid. Being new to the one of Asheville’s sexual assault that she is optimistic. school at the time, I didn’t want everyone victim support organizations. “I’ve got all A’s and B’s now. Life goes to hate me. But the biggest reason was “When shit like this happens, you real- on,” she said. “Everyone is dealt their that I was scared.” ize who actually has your back. I started set of cards and I’m a firm believer that The student said despite confessing her hanging out with a new group, better peo- you’re not going to be dealt something discomfort with parking in the freshman ple,” said the student. “Three weeks after that you can’t handle.” lot, down by the light at the intersection it happened is when someone noticed my The student said she regrets not speakof Campus Drive and Broadway, she was declining grades and absences. She asked ing up in an instance at which she saw the

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According to their website, the Title IX Office is responsible for educating the campus community through primary prevention and ongoing prevention programs, presentations and campaigns to keep UNCA students, staff and faculty educated, informed and safe. Keisha Boyd, the assistant Title IX coordinator said Title IX supports students and wants them to be content with their choice in handling the situation. “If I had to give advice, the first thing I would tell a victim is that it is not their fault,” Boyd said. “It is never their fault. Once they realize it is never their fault, we drive for support. Support is important because it allows the student to regain control over their life.” Boyd said support can come in many different forms, Title IX just wants what is best for that student. “Support for a student could be whatever is best for them. It could be a religious or spiritual figure, it could be parents, friends, counseling, therapeutic activities, it could be them coming into our office and wanting an investigation,” Boyd said. “Finding whatever support is best for them is the second piece of advice I would give. Third, report it. Let us know what is going on.” There is not an actual time constraint in reporting. However, it is best for the victim to report as soon as possible. “There is no statute of limitations, however it is easier to conduct an investigation, talk to witnesses and secure any evidence sooner rather than later,” Boyd said. “There is no limit in time, honestly.” The Health and Counseling Center will keep the student’s matter private. If a student chooses to report to Title IX, then the issue may be reported, but still kept quiet. “If a student wants to keep their matter confidential, then Health and Counseling will not breathe a word,” Boyd said. “With us, they can choose to report an incident and not provide the perpetrator’s name. If they don’t want an investigation then we will keep it private. When we start this conversation then we will ask ‘What do you want to do?’ and we will respect and support their decision.”

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Sexual assault From previous page


Victims of sexual assault may report somewhere outside of Title IX, such as Our VOICE, for support. According to Our VOICE, they are a nonprofit crisis intervention and prevention agency which serves victims of sexual violence, ages 13 through adult, in Buncombe County. Our VOICE’s mission is to serve all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse through counseling, advocacy and education. “I don’t think we would give advice as much as we want to give survivors as much information about their options and the resources available so that they then have all the information to make the most informed decision possible,” said Jerry Kivett, the client services coordinator at Our VOICE. Kivett said support is what Our VOICE strives to provide to their clients. “We try to offer support and really support whatever decision the survivor chooses to make. Whether it is filing a police report, trying to go through the criminal justice process, or not filing a police report, we really want to make the survivor feel free of judgement,” Kivett said. “We want them to know whatever their decision is, it is right for them.” In most instances, a victim is unsure as to what route they should take. Our VOICE is designed to provide a court advocate who will support the survivor during the entire case. “A lot of times the question a survivor will ask is, ‘If I file a police report, what will happen? What will that process look like?’ So we have a court advocate who can explain that process, what all the options are and if a survivor chooses to file a police report locally in Buncombe County, then the court advocate will be present with the survivor,” Kivett said. Kivett emphasizes the importance of a Blind Report and why a survivor may choose to fill one out instead of staying quiet or reporting to the police. “Blind reporting is a great option for someone who does not want to file an official police report,” Kivett said. “So, on UNCA’s Title IX website there is a place where you can fill out that criminal incident Blind Report. There is also a link for that on Our VOICE’s website.” “The difference between the two is that the Blind Report on UNCA’s website goes through UNCA’s campus po-

lice, whereas the one on our website goes through Asheville’s police department,” Kivett said. A Blind Report is an anonymous police report. By filing a Blind Report, an official investigation will not start. “Basically, in a Blind Report you can fill out as much or as little information you’d like. You can include none of your information as the survivor, or you can include your name and contact information as well as any information about the perpetrator and the incident,” Kivett said. “I think the most clear thing I can say about a Blind Report is that it is not going to start an official investigation. That report is going to be filed and will sit in that file.” Kivett said once a Blind Report is filed, a detective will not be assigned the case but the case will be viewed. “A detective is not going to be assigned the case, not going to question the perpetrator or anyone else involved,” Kivett said. “There is not going to be any police follow-up. It won’t start an investigation.” A Blind Report can become useful for other cases that are taken to court, however. “The two main reasons a victim would want to do a Blind Report is if they are unsure if they want to file an official police report so if later, even months later, they choose to report that all that information is there,” Kivett said. “Also, Blind Reports say the perpetrator’s name, or a description of the perpetrator and what happened in the assault. Law enforcement will look at those Blind Reports and if there happens to be three or four Blind Reports with the same perpetrator information, then they can use these reports to establish a pattern of assaults. “So if there are several Blind Reports with the same name and someone chooses to file an official police report, then they can use the Blind Reports to help support the official report,” Kivett said. Kivett said he wants survivors to know what happened to them is not their fault and they have support. “The message I would want any survivor of sexual assault to hear is that we are here in the community and you don’t have to walk through this alone,” Kivett said. “There are supports here if you want those supports.” “Also, I would always want a survivor to hear ‘In no way was that situation

your fault.’ No matter what you were wearing, if you had anything to drink, none of those things give anyone the right to violate your boundaries and your body,” Kivett said. “It is not OK and it is not your fault.” “That is the main message I always want victims to hear. It is not your fault that someone else did this to you and we want to be here to support you now.”


A victim of sexual assault or abuse can always reach out to a SANE. According to the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse. “We see domestic violence patients, we do elder abuse, child abuse and all that,” said Erica Thiel, the SANE nurse who partners with Our VOICE. Thiel, along with one or two other SANE nurses, are available at Our VOICE to see patients of sexual assault. A SANE often uses a rape kit, sometimes known as a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit. A rape kit collects evidence and information from the victim and is stored in a box. “This is a kit. It comes with all this paperwork that has to be completed first,” Thiel said. “This paperwork stays in the kit and there is another set of papers that are filled out for us. The paperwork takes the longest.” As Thiel went through the box she explained all the steps included in completing a rape kit. “This brown bag is for outer clothing. One bag comes in the kit, but you can only place one item of clothing inside each bag,” Thiel said. “This bag is specifically for underwear,” Thiel said. “This one is for oral swabs, then a vaginal swab, rectal, pubic hair combings and this one is the one people freak out over because it is for 50 pulled pubic hairs. This bag is for 50 pulled head hairs, then a cheek swab to obtain DNA, and occasionally a blood sample.” “Also, if there are injuries we have to take photographs and include very detailed accounts of their story,” Thiel said. The rape kit takes anywhere from two to six hours to complete and once fin-

ished is sealed for protection. “A lot of injuries will make the process take longer. The average time is 2 to 6 hours,” Thiel said. “Some people just have to take it slow.” Thiel said a victim has about five days to get a rape kit completed but the need for medication can be about three days. “A victim needs to come as quickly as possible. We have 120 hours or five days to collect but if they need antibiotics or Plan B, but now use ella instead of Plan B because of weight limit, then they need to come sooner,” Thiel said. “We offer HIV medicine, but that has to be taken within 72 hours,” Thiel said. Thiel said the office hours of Our VOICE are not the only times available to have a rape kit completed. “Even if a victim wants to have a rape kit performed outside of our 8 to 5 office hours, they should still reach out,” Thiel said. “The police can get in touch with us. Just reach out. We will work around a victim’s schedule. Talk to us, at least call.” Thiel said the best thing a victim can do is reach out to Our VOICE and talk to someone. Our VOICE will never force a victim to go through any process unwillingly. They are there to support the victim. “Contact Our VOICE and talk to them. Nothing says that when you walk in these doors you have to do everything. There are so many options,” Thiel said. “So many people think that to get medicine and to have a nurse look at you that you have to go through the entire process.” “Sometimes, just having that person to reassure your state helps a victim tremendously,” Thiel said. “I would just love to talk to people and make them feel better about their decision.”

Contacts: Our VOICE 44 Merrimon Ave Suite 1 Asheville, NC 28801 Office: (828) 252-0565 Crisis Line: (828) 255-7576 UNCA Health & Counseling Center: (828) 251-6520 After hours: 1 888-267-3675 Campus Police: (828) 251-6707 Asheville Police Department: 911


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Nikki Madle, Our VOICE advocate takes the initiative to care for victims AUDRA GOFORTH News Staff Writer


A UNC Asheville student who works with Our VOICE, one of Asheville’s sexual assault victim support centers, said she started a solo initiative which provides additional support to victims of sexual assault. Nikki Madle, a junior health and wellness student, works with the organization as an advocate for sexual assault victims in the hospital. “At Our VOICE, an advocate is on call about once a month, and when you’re on call you have to be available to go to the hospital for 24 hours,” Madle said. “We usually go in groups of two, but I’ve done solo trips before, too. When a victim comes into the hospital, the hospital calls Our VOICE and Our VOICE calls whoever is on call.” The advocacy position at Our VOICE is mostly comprised of people who have been victims in the past. The position requires three weeks of training, which can be tough for those applicants, Madle said. “Training consists of a bunch of role playing, which can be difficult because you have to play the victim and about 80 percent of the advocates were victims first,” Madle said. “If it happens to you, you want to stop it from happening to other people.” Madle said the advocate core at Our VOICE could benefit from more gender diversity. “We only have like four advocates who identify as male,” Madle said. “It’s great that we have them because a lot of

men get raped, which most people don’t realize. So we always need to have male advocates.” Madle said once at the hospital, the role of the advocate is to represent the victim in his or her time of difficulty. This representation begins with comforting the victims to the best of the advocate’s ability throughout the difficult treatment process. “It’s always hard to know what to say. What can you say in that situation?” Madle said. “The rape kit, the gathering of evidence and interview process by the hospital with the victim, takes about three hours. They ask a lot of questions, which are very personal and they do it over and over to make sure the story is consistent.” Madle said one of the most important roles of the advocate is to ensure treatment of the victim is respectful from hospital staff. “You’re there to make sure there isn’t any judgement or things said like ‘Oh that’s not actually rape’ while taking the victim’s story,” Madle said. “This role becomes especially important with transgender individuals because comments like ‘It says on your chart male but you’re dressed like a female’ aren’t things victims should be subject to in those moments.” Besides occasionally correcting disrespectful treatment, Madle said advocates are there primarily to comfort the victim. “The best thing we can do is listen and just be there for them,” Madle said. “The average time I’m with a victim is about three hours, but I’ve been there for six and a half before.” In her experience, Madle said as an advocate, it is hard to see the difference one is making during the actual time at

the hospital. “When you’re there, it doesn’t really feel like you’ve helped,” Madle said. “But there’s a lot of instances of letters coming to Our VOICE from victims later on saying things like, ‘Thank you so much, my advocate was amazing.’” After spending time as an advocate, Madle came up with new support measures for the advocacy program. One of these was to add clothing to the hospital bags which Our VOICE was already assembling for victims. “I did a clothing drive my sophomore year and that developed into not just collecting clothes but all of the items which go in the bags,” Madle said. “Then I came up with the idea for students to make cards for the victims to go into the bags too.” Madle said it was not difficult to find a need of victims which required filling. Our VOICE already made hospital bags for advocates to take to victims so she just asked them what their needs were for those and they gave her plenty of things she could do. By just asking, Madle found an opportunity to provide additional care to victims and took the initiative to do her best to fill it. “When victims get to the hospital, they have to turn in their clothes as part of the evidence in the rape kit,” Madle said. “So we try to provide them with comfortable clothes so that they don’t have to walk out in a hospital gown.” Keishea Boyd, assistant Title IX officer at UNCA, said Madle sets a great example for the community standard students should strive to uphold. “Nikki represents our student population, which understands that in order to have a strong community, we have

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to make sure all of our members are strengthened and encouraged,” Boyd said. “We have a wonderful student population that understands that any injustice of any kind not only affects that person but affects the whole community.” Madle said as a university, UNCA’s students and faculty are on the right track but there is still work to be done toward bettering the attitude some students have toward the issue. “As a campus community, it’s clear we are trying to be better about it and recognizing rape as a serious issue,” Madle said. “But it seems like people are either really aware or not at all.” Madle said one reaction to an exhibit she and others set up her sophomore year to bring awareness to the issue marked the mentality some students have regarding sexual violence. “We had flags out representing victims for sexual awareness month, and someone defaced the entire thing and drew penises everywhere,” Madle said. “This is partly why this is happening. The kind of people who think it’s a joke. That kind of behavior is rape culture, just like saying ‘She asked for it.’” Caroline Crowley, a senior sociology and psychology student, said there is a lack of education regarding rape. “People don’t really know what rape is or have this very heavy idea of it, that it’s like a stranger coming out of a bush, when in reality the attacker is much more often an acquaintance,” Crowley said. “Sometimes UNCA can feel like a bubble and so students like Nikki are so important because her branching out into the community brings light to the issue in the community which reflects its presence here.”

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Arts & Features Pinball Museum bridges age gap BROOKE RANDAL Contributing Writer

As guests begin making their way inside the Asheville Pinball Museum, they notice a familiar musty smell belonging distinctly in parents’ basements and smoky arcade rooms. Movie posters for Star Wars, Terminator, The Breakfast Club and more adorn the red and black walls while men and women of all ages frantically push flippers in order to keep the balls from barreling down playfields. A middle-aged man pulls out an iPhone to photograph a particularly old pinball machine, the only telltale sign the year is 2016, not 1985. The Asheville Pinball Museum, which opened in the fall of 2013, offers visitors an opportunity to step back in time and enjoy more than 50 pinball machines dating as far back as the ‘40s, as well as classic video games such as 1982’s “Tron” and “Space Invaders” from 1978. Owner T.C. Di Bella engages guests with a warm and sincere enthusiasm for the vintage games. “You’ll like that game. Here, just push the big button! There ya go. Now your flipper buttons are on the side, and when it comes up just hit the big button to launch it,” Di Bella said to a young girl surveying a video game, which must be more than twice her age. Di Bella, who grew up in the small town of Coats, North Carolina, recalls his inspiration for the museum — visiting his hometown arcade as a teenager. “I’ll never forget it. It was called

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Soulful group brings new wave of music MARY THOMAS

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The perfect mix between soul and swagger makes up the group Young Bull. The electric R&B group made their Asheville debut Nov. 5 at The Ridge at New Mountain Asheville. The two young men who created the group Young Bull are Durham natives Tahmique Cameron and Gabe Fox-Peck. “Tahmique and I first met playing on the JV basketball team in high school in Durham at age 15. Tahmique was far better than me at basketball and I quit the next year, but we were already friends. We used to hang out during lunch and started chilling at parties, but we never played music together until junior year,” Fox-Peck said. Fox-Peck and Cameron, both 19-yearold college students at Harvard College and Durham Tech, started the group when they were in high school after a successful talent show. “We started in the spring of junior year when we did a talent show together. People said we sounded good so we went to record the song that we had sung ‘Ordinary People’ by John Legend, but then Gabe had a beat made and we just started writing over it and that’s how ‘I Can’t Get You Outta My Head’ came about and then we just stuck together,” Cameron said. The unique name of the group was given to the two young men. “The name Young Bull was kind of given to us and we didn’t really like it at first, but we fuck with it now. We’re just trying to put on for the city, since we are from Durham, the Bull City,” Cameron said. Their debut album Sopadelic released on Spotify in August already garnered the young duo over 100,000 hits on the streaming site. “Sopadelic as a complete project really started to come together in the last year. We have the first song we ever recorded on there, though it’s been remixed and mastered. Over this past summer though, everything started to come into place,” Fox-Peck said.

Photo by Mary Thomas Gabe Fox-Peck entertains the crowd with his soulful piano skills. The college students managed to pro- erything was on point with the album,” duce the album themselves over the past Cameron said. year in an effort to release the album to Young Bull possesses the charm of the public as soon as possible. a hometown band with the potential to “A lot of the songs we had already re- make it out of the garage, but their unique corded and finished just needed them to sound and entertaining performances will be mixed and mastered, but Gabe worked Continued on page 22 his ass off producing and making sure ev-


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Tiger Pride: A conversation with Patrick Sweany JONATHAN PRICE Photography Staff

It was 1:45 a.m. on a cold October night as Patrick Sweany sat down across the table in a cramped hotel room. He just finished performing a sizzling twohour set at Asheville’s notorious Grey Eagle. Although it was only the first night of the tour, he looked tired. Nonetheless he seemed eager to captivate an audience and to tell his story. “My dad was into folk music — he was in the church band,” Sweany said. “He had a lot of Pete Seeger records, Gordon Lightfoot, Dave Van Ronk, ya know, white folk revival guys who were really into ragtime and blues. I gravitated toward those records because I had easy access to them.” In Massillon, Ohio, where Sweany was born and raised, there was not much of a music scene, leaving Sweany to travel to Columbus or Akron to connect with other people who appreciated folk music. “My dad started taking me to the Kent State Folk Festival, which is where I eventually went to college because I knew there were guitar players around,” Sweany said. “We would sit in and watch these mini concerts take place in conference rooms in the student center, and once I felt confident enough with my musical abilities I would start sitting in with the performers and playing a little bit here and there.”

Patrick Sweany performs at The Grey Eagle on Oct. 28. Although folk music always had a par- spent playing unamplified blues stuff,” ticular hold over Sweany’s songwriting, Sweany said. “Piedmont stuff. Delta blues music would eventually transform stuff. Stuff like Mississippi John Hurt, him as a young musician. Sweany men- Sonny Terry and Brian McGhee, and tioned the time he first remembers being even older guys like Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis, and then I got into jug band captivated by the blues as a kid. “There were guys there playing coun- music.” Of course, Sweany could not stay in try blues that you just didn’t really hear anymore,” Sweany said. “I decided that Massillon for long, moving to Kent, Ohio in the early ‘90s to attend Kent was what I wanted to do with my life.” The blues influences would multiply State as an English literature student tryas Sweany began to dig deeper, buy- ing to find work as a musician at night. “So I went to Kent State, but I never ing as many records as he could get his really had a plan to use my education or hands on. “Most of my early musical life was how to apply it,” Sweany said. “I was

Photo by Jonathan Price picking up coffee house gigs and restaurant gigs here and there, making, for a 20-year-old, all the money in the world at the time.” He paused briefly, having anticipated the next question, then spoke about how he met Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. “Well his dad, Chuck, had seen me playing around Akron and told me about his son who was really into Hound Dog Taylor. Then Dan started coming around and we would sit in with each other but we were never really all that close.”

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From resident assistant to community director CATHERINE PIGG A&F Staff Writer

Jacob Williams never expected to become the community director of the very residence hall he moved into his freshman year at UNC Asheville in 2011. He lived at Founders Residence Hall and later went on to become a resident assistant at Founders his junior and senior years at UNCA until he graduated in 2015. “It is a little surreal. I never imagined that I would be able to work here again,” Williams said. The new community director for

Founders Residence Hall became inspired to apply to be a RA his sophomore year by his former RA from his freshman year. “She was just a great RA and a great friend of ours so we just wanted to be like her. So that was why we both went out and applied and we both got accepted into work that year. Then that brought me back to Founders, home sweet home,” Williams said. During his first year as a RA, Williams was in charge of a half hall on the first floor of Founders. “So I only had 10 residents, but that

allowed me in my first year to have a really strong group of residents, friends and students. It was fun to watch them kind of grow very personally. So I really enjoyed that. I had a lot of really great coworkers that I was fortunate enough to work alongside with and learn with,” he said. His second year as a RA, he had a full hall on the third floor of Founders Residence Hall and built a community for his residents to flourish in, according to the 23-year-old UNCA alumnus. “But as an RA, I learned a lot about obviously working with people in a very

specific way just learning how to deal with lots of, whether it be emotions or family which you know we deal with as regular human beings. In a way that is more so all about helping,” Williams said. Being the CD at Founders Residence Hall is a combination of both a weird and a cool feeling, Williams said. “When I moved out of here my senior year I said to myself, ‘Alright I will never live in Founders again. I’ll never live on UNCA’s campus again.’ I was, you

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Beat from the street By Larisa Karr | News Editor |

Many stories lurk throughout Asheville, whether they are behind the Vaudevillian jazz-folk played by buskers around Pritchard Park, the colorful businesses decorated with funky, hand-made crafts or the laughter echoing from a patio as locals and tourists alike enjoy delicious beer.

Anton Morow 17, artist/writer originally from Asheville

So why are you here today? “To be completely honest, my friends dragged me along. I stand for what they stand for but I’m a little bit too anxious to stand up for myself, which is disappointing.” The anxiety is definitely understandable. What repercussions do you feel a Trump presidency will have on the United States? “Millions of people losing their lives for what they stand for, who they are and their sexual identification.” Do you think you’re going to see a lot of protests happening in the coming fu- Anton Morow expresses his concern about Donald Trump’s victory. ture? “Most likely. Many of them are not going to be good. Many of them are going to be pro-Trump, sadly. I have no idea at this point.”

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So if you were to say what inspires your writing and your art, what would you say it would be? “My father. My dad is a huge book guy. He’s a writer, a professional writer. He’s a strictly horror writer.” So if you were to describe yourself in three words, which three words would you use and why? “Angry, anxious and majestic.” That’s good. So if you were to say one thing you like about Asheville and one thing you dislike about Asheville? “I like how queer it is and I dislike that we have Trump supporters here.” Yeah. Have you encountered any Trump supporters so far? “Way too many. It’s never good.” Do you think you’re going to find any today? “Most likely.” Protesters express discontent with election results in downtown Asheville.

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59, musician originally from Richmond What brought you to Asheville? “This.” It’s a good busking scene here. “Yeah and like I said, I’ve got two venues I’m actually playing at.” Here? “Yeah.” Which ones? “Well, I’m playing Friday night, no, Saturday night. I’m playing at a place called The Crooked Door in Marion, a coffee house there and Sunday morning I’m playing at The Feed and Seed in Fletcher.” So you’re busy. That’s awesome. So if you were to describe your style, what words would you use to describe it? “An eclectic mix of rock ‘n’ roll, power-pop, blues, folk rock, Christian rock, a little bit of everything really.” That’s awesome. Power-pop, I’ve never heard that before from a busker. So if you were to read your personality in three words, which three words would you choose? “Hahaha. My personality in three words, oh goodness. Joyful, positive, oh what is the third one? Rocker.” Yeah, that’s good, if you were to describe creative influences on you and your music? “Oh, OK. Yeah, now that’s a little easier than three words. I have so many, you know? Like I said, I’m 59 so I was born in Philadelphia so I’ve been listening to a variety of so much stuff, everything from Frank Sinatra to The Beatles to Motown, gospel, country, a little jazz, a lot of newer stuff, punk and new wave and reggae, some of the newer stuff out, not a lot of it. Most of the music that’s out right now is horrible.” Yeah, it’s true. You listen to Top 40 and you’re like, “My God.” “Not just Top 40 but anything. Just everything that you hear whether it’s Top 40 or hip-hop or even worship music, it’s gotten to this really stale formula. There’s no creativity anymore. You

Photo by Karen Lopez Harry Gore believes the democratic process was successful on election night because his candidate won. know, I’m from a place where music was fresh and new and creative. I kind of miss that. There’s still artists that are out there doing it, but you don’t hear them on the radio as much. It’s more underground.” It’s more off-the-scene. So if you were to have a life motto or a saying that inspires you on a daily basis, what would you say it would be? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.” How has your experience been in Asheville so far? “So far so good. It’s been great.” Yeah, in light of everything that has just happened. “Oh, with the fires and stuff?”

Yeah, the fires and the election. Everyone was super down. “Well, I’m not. The guy I voted for won, so I’m happy.” Wow. It’s democracy, I guess. “Well, that’s how it’s done. You put your ballot in and whoever gets the most votes wins. I don’t understand why these kids — well, I sort of do but I don’t. I don’t understand what’s the point in protesting and destroying things when he’s the president. It doesn’t make any sense. What’s the point of destruction, you know? They accuse the other side of being destructive when that’s not the case. They do the very same thing themselves. To me, that’s hypocrisy. That’s not right. I’m talking about all these kids who are listening to Soros and going out there and just creating havoc right now. That should not be. I said I’m 59. When you voted for somebody, you voted for

Kennedy or whomever, there wasn’t any of this crap going on where people had such sour grapes they decided to go and break stuff. They said, ‘OK, he’s in the office now for four years. Let’s deal with it. Let’s go on and live our lives.’ That’s not the way it is with this generation right now.” There’s a lot of strong feelings for sure. “Yeah, to me a lot of kids are being dumbed down. They don’t know their history. They’re being taught a faulty history and they don’t know true history, going back in the past, you know? They’re not being taught that. They’re being taught a lousy bill of goods and that’s not good for the country. OK, my guy won, but I’m not gonna break stuff. I’m not going to put you down because your person didn’t win. You know, Jesus told me to love you. That’s what I’m going to do.”

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Pinball The Arcade and it was filled with pinball machines and video games,” Di Bella said. “And actually, we had two. On the old main street of our town there were probably 10 businesses and two of them were arcades and so you know, that’s where we went.” For the former Enka Middle School teacher, collecting has always been a pastime. Before pinball machines and video games, Di Bella collected classic cars and vintage sports jerseys. He had so many jerseys he once told his students they would never see him wearing the same jersey twice. “It’s true. It’s ridiculous but it’s true,” he said, laughing. Di Bella said his interest in pinball machines began only three years earlier when his wife bought his first machine named “Buccaneer,” circa 1978, for his birthday. Within a few months, one machine quickly grew to three. That is when, inspired by the reactions of his friends and family, Di Bella got the idea. “I thought, ‘This is a no brainer,’” he said. Di Bella then began trading in his old

Athletic trainers will suggest holding a player out of certain exercises if she has just ‘returned to play’ from an injury.” Demko said the trainers also schedule meetings with players, depending on that specific player’s school schedule, to evaluate their injury throughout the day. “Their willingness to serve the team with their knowledge, experience and warm hearts is impeccable,” Trent said. “Our teams are extremely grateful to have such a wonderful athletic training staff — they are a huge piece of the puzzle and we wouldn’t be the players we are without them.” Coach Mennell said the athletic trainers on campus have a positive impact on campus with the student athletes. With their positive attitudes, rehabilitation comes easier to the athletes. “As the primary liaison between the student-athlete and their recovery, the trainers have a crucial role in not only rehabbing the physical injury but helping to repair the ‘unseen’ damage injuries can cause,” Mennell said. “Having a trainer with a positive approach is critical to this process.” Tavarus Ferguson, an assistant athletic

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jerseys for more pinball machines. Suddenly, Di Bella needed more room. “I had 17 pinball machines in my basement, which it was a trick to get them down there. I had to cut away a piece of our fencing to get around it,” Di Bella said.

I was moving things around today before we opened because I wanted it to look just right. T.C. Di Bella

By the end of Christmas break in 2014, Di Bella decided to leave his teaching job to work on the museum full-time. For Di Bella, this meant focusing on the details like finding just the right ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s pop-culture memorabilia. “I’m very particular about where everything goes in here,” Di Bella said, pointing to an old Die Hard movie poster. “I was moving things around today before we opened because I wanted it to

look just right.” Allyson Sineath watches her 11-yearold son Luke punch the flippers of this year’s “Game of Thrones” pinball machine. “My husband and I — of course we grew up in the ‘80s — so all the old school video games, we love,” Sineath of Weaverville said. “He is a big video gamer,” Sineath said, pointing at Luke. Luke turns around only after his flippers miss the ball and it heads down the drain. “This is not what we spend our time doing normally,” she said, turning to Luke. “But, do you like it?” Luke smiles and gives a shy but excited nod. Toward the back of the museum, a group of three college-aged women huddle together around a 1980 “Pac Man” video game cabinet as one of the women smashes the buttons and swivels a joystick. “I thought it was going to be like an actual museum, like for show, but immediately when I walked in and was like ‘OK, this is cool,’” 24-year-old Erin

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trainer who has been two years certified, said the athletic trainers play a role as counselors when times get tough for athletes. He sees injuries all the time, some worse than others, sometimes injuries that can end sports careers. “You have to be the voice of reason, talk them off the ledge and let them know it’s going to be OK. You have to be there for them as long as they are having issues with what’s going on, when they are not able to accept the changes that may happen. From time to time you just have to be there to talk them through it,” Ferguson said. Trent said the trainers are cheerleaders for the teams and they keep spirits high in the long season. The athletic trainers can be spotted watching the games from the sidelines alongside the coaching staff, media and sport fans alike. “They are huge supporters of us, but also keep us healthy during our long seasons,” Trent said. “Our trainers also keep our spirits high when there are injuries, especially season-ending ones. They have a knack for keeping the team positive during the tough times.” Mennell said the trainers at UNCA are

part of his staff and he could not see it any other way. Without the athletic training staff, the sports teams would be left to fend for themselves. “The athletic trainers are a key part of our team and are wholly integrated into my staff. One of the things that is awesome about UNC Asheville is the fantastic quality of our sports medicine staff,” Mennell said. “I cannot speak highly enough to accurately describe how important they are to what we are trying to do with our student athletes.” It is easy to say the coaching staff and the athletes themselves play the most important and integral role in the game day aspect of the sport being played, but the athletic trainers are a subtle referee looking out for the health of all involved in the sport. The athletic training staff on UNCA’s campus not only seem to be pros at their sports medicine jobs, but also a part of the teams they are working with. As emotional support systems and physical support systems, the trainers on campus will always play a key role for our sports teams.

Young said. The senior chemistry students at UNC Asheville came to celebrate Rhapsody Taylor’s 22nd birthday. “I wanted to do something kind of like low-key for my birthday but still fun and not something I do every weekend,” Taylor said. Taylor said the museum offers a fun alternative to going to a bar on a Friday night. “I actually suggested it as a good first date place,” Taylor said, causing all three women to giggle. As Di Bella walks through the rows of people laughing and reminiscing, he stops to chat with a little boy who cackles after discovering “The Addams Family” pinball machine from 1992. “Yeah, that’s a good one!” Di Bella said. The boy’s father, a man who looks to be in his 50s, thanks Di Bella for having a video game he remembers playing as a teenager. “That happens all the time by the way,” Di Bella said, grinning. “I get thanked a lot.


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Election Trump presidency might mean for minority groups. “Latino and Latina immigrants, and they don’t even have to be immigrants because they’re going to be profiled anyway, I’m worried about LGBTQ brothers and sisters,” Gaffigan said. Hollar said the North Carolina gubernatorial election result is also surprising. Roy Cooper, the Democratic challenger to Gov. Pat McCrory, is ahead by roughly 5,000 votes. Counties will have a recount and the final result is expected be announced on Friday. “Cooper probably won’t be able to veto any of their legislation if he wins,” Hollar said. “It’s better that we’ll have a Democratic governor, but he probably won’t get much done.” Republicans maintained their supermajority in the North Carolina House and Senate. A supermajority means the legislature has the numbers to override any veto by the governor. Gaffigan said she hopes Cooper could bring about some change as governor. “Assuming the recount is the same as the original count, I’ll be really happy,” Gaffigan said. “Hopefully, that means more financing for education and maybe an overturn of HB2.” Gaffigan said a Republican-controlled Congress and White House means they will be able to pass almost anything they want. “They really have a lot of political power right now,” Gaffigan said. “They can kind of get whatever they want

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passed. That’s why Obama has been struggling with getting anything accomplished.” Junior art history student Margaret Dillon said she is concerned about the concentration of Republican power. “That is probably scarier to me than Trump winning the presidency,” Dillon said. “We have a system of checks and balances and it could potentially fail now.” Moraguez said both chambers of Congress and Trump will have to work together and determine their priorities since the Republican Party is not entirely unified with Trump. “He’s not really a uniting figure within his party, so I think they’re going to have to really have a heart-to-heart and talk about what the party is going to accomplish as a unit,” Moraguez said. “I think Trump is going to have to fall in line with what his party in Congress wants in some of these issues, so he’s going to bend toward the median of the Republican Party to some extent.” Hollar said the Affordable Care Act is in trouble. “I think Obamacare is not going to exist anymore,” Hollar said. “Trump is talking about replacing it with something else, but I’m not exactly sure what that would look like. I feel like he can’t just get rid of it at this point. You’re going to have to replace it with something.” Moraguez said she believes the Affordable Care Act will likely be repealed. “I do think that one of the things they

Seasonal affective disorder let their stress out by relying on alcohol and drugs such as marijuana. “I am not used to the weather here because it gets so cold. Sometimes the temperature drops below zero degrees,” she said.

Sometimes I would cry and not even know why. I just wanted to sleep and not talk to anyone. Shea Thurlby

Thurlby said she is on antidepressants, but due to the current seasonal change, she feels more depressed lately. She said she would regularly attend therapy for depression and told her ther-


agree on is that Obamacare isn’t working,” Moraguez said. “But Trump and his party don’t necessarily agree on what to do instead of Obamacare, so that’s going to be an interesting conversation to watch but it does seem like it might be in trouble.” Sophomore mathematics student Carey Dunn said she is glad Trump won. “I think Trump will protect our country more than Hillary would have,” Dunn said. “I think that with the globalized world that we have, we need to put in more protection for us as a country and I didn’t think Hillary was going to do that.” Dunn said she believes Trump is an outsider who will be able to improve the economy and keep the U.S. out of potential wars. “I think we’ve been in debt for way too long and with Trump being a businessman, I hope he might be able to get us out of that,” Dunn said. “We should not be as involved in as many wars as we can. I think we should go back to a more isolationist perspective as is possible in this political world.” Moraguez said Trump is the truest outsider the White House has seen since Herbert Hoover. “This election was very much an anti-establishment impulse. People thought that political insiders weren’t serving their interests and Trump was a breath of fresh air to a lot of voters,” Moraguez said. “I think for some voters, having an inexperienced president is worrisome

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apist about the way she felt during season changes. “That’s when my doctor told me SAD was a real thing. The sun produces serotonin in the brain, and the lack of it alters a depressed mood,” Thurlby said. Melinda Jones, an insurance worker for Mike Ellis Home and Auto Insurance, said she was diagnosed with SAD by her therapist. During the warm weather, Jones said she remains active and likes to perform outdoor activities such as hiking. She is filled with energy, motivation and demonstrates a good mood. But when winter comes she said she feels indolent, stays home most of the time and gains weight. “It’s the same cycle every year because as soon as it starts getting really

cold after the holidays, I start feeling depressed until spring hits,” Jones said. “I feel hypersensitive and sometimes cry over nothing.” Jones said she was raised in Florida and has resided in Western North Carolina for over 20 years. Every year since she moved away from her hometown she said she felt the effects of SAD every year. “I have learned how to improve my SAD and that is going to Florida at least once during the winter,” Jones said. “Knowing that my trip is coming up keeps me motivated, too.” Jones said she found more ways to help her SAD and maintain her mood level. She bought an indoor palm tree for her home and takes prescribed mood stabilizers.

and for some it might mean meaningful change.” Dunn said she aligns more with the Libertarian Party but could not vote for Gary Johnson since she does not believe third-party voting makes a difference. Dillon said she is trying to be more optimistic about the future. “I’m just trying to be positive,” Dillon said. “I don’t necessarily think it’s the end of the world. I think a lot of people are behaving like it is and that can be very detrimental.” Moraguez said she encourages those who are worried to have the same optimism as Dillon. “I know that on this campus in particular the students seem to be very upset, but I would advise people to have faith in the system,” Moraguez said. “A president is not a dictator. If you’re not a Trump supporter it does not mean that our democracy is changing and if you are a Trump supporter, he may not be able to enact everything that you want.” Moraguez said people should look forward to the 2018 midterm elections. She said dissatisfied voters can change the makeup of Congress then. “Realize that the dynamics will shift, this is how American politics go,” Moraguez said. “Politics don’t end after a presidential election. There are still local elections that happen all the time and if you’re happy or angry with the results, you should get involved in politics.”

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Life-threatening disorder destroying them not only physically, but also destroying the idea of determining self-worth by a number. Taylor Speagle, who did not participate in the smashing of the scales but did attend the walk, said it was empowering to see women take back their life in a sense by breaking the one thing that made them question the person they were. “I started getting teary-eyed watching them because I’ve had friends struggle with eating disorders and I know the kind of toll it takes on your body, mind, life and spirit,” senior student Speagle said. “And this is kind of their way of saying ‘No more,’ and that is something to look up to.” As a psychology student, Speagle said she finds it interesting to research the environmental and social factors that play into the development of an eating disorder and has even chosen to use it as the basis for a few projects this semester. Much like the sidewalk chalk messages walk attendees were able to leave around campus, Speagle chose to write


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out messages of hope and statistics on eating disorders along with the standards society places on women, especially models, for students around school. “I want to show that it can affect anyone and that eating disorders don’t have a specific face,” Speagle said. “I’ve loved seeing these messages such as ‘You are stronger than the struggle’ and ‘Your worth is not determined by a number’ on the sidewalks around campus because I think they can open up people’s eyes to the harsh reality people, maybe even their friends, are going through.” Graysen Schappell plans on attending the next walk, as she said she loves the different communities that come together from all walks of life in every town. “We all grow up differently, but this is something we can come together on and something we can fight together for,” Schappell said. The next regional NEDA event will be held in Greensboro on Saturday. Attendees can choose to register as a group or by themselves and everyone is encouraged to donate what they can.

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take the audience back to a time when music was an intimate affair to entertain others. “I would describe it as neo-soul/jazz/ R&B. I honestly don’t know because we touch bases with so many genres it’s hard to pick one,” Cameron said. “I think of our vibe as mainly something sexy and smooth with a little bit of grit in there to keep things interesting,” Fox-Peck said. Young Bull added another member to their team this past summer, 21-year-old Christian Sinclair, an agribusiness student at North Carolina State University. “We met Christian in the summer of 2016 after he discovered our music on Soundcloud and reached out to us. The first time we met was actually when we filmed a music video with him,” FoxPeck said. Their self-produced album with 11 songs on it featured Sinclair on three songs. Sinclair said he holds high hopes for the group when looking to the future. “We want to continue to build our fan base and play bigger shows in bigger

venues. Plus we’re working on an EP to follow up Sopadelic. I was not surprised by the plays on Spotify because I knew the quality was there. That said, the plays are nice but they do not lead to anything unless they are built upon. There is still a lot to be done,” Sinclair said. The three young men said they are looking forward to their next musical venture, a new EP release aimed for early 2017, and expanding their fan base. “I’m focused on planning a tour for next summer and also finishing this EP by January. I feel confident in our musical product, but a lot of the grind at this point is figuring out how to promote ourselves and do the business side which none of us like doing,” Fox-Peck said. The group said their favorite part of the entire journey has been the ability to create music with friends. To find success within the music would just be an added bonus. “We all sit and talk often about how this is all we want to do, we don’t want to do anything else,” Cameron said.

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Tiger Pride However, their working relationship would last for the next few years, as Auerbach would later record Sweany’s keystone album, Every Hour Is A Dollar Gone. “He was getting into record production at the time and he really wanted to record us, so we made Every Hour in his house,” Sweany said. “I think this was around the time Rubber Factory was out, so they were really starting to be considered a success. He engineered and produced that. Recorded it in 2006, it came out in 2007. But after that they were living different lives of the rich and famous, so there wasn’t really a relationship beyond that.” After several years of touring and recording, Sweany packed up and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he would fight to have his musical voice heard. However, it turned out things would not be that easy for him in the music city. “Originally, it was one of the hardest times financially I’ve ever had. Once Nashville exploded around 2011, people began to move in, and I began to know ‘people’ and was recognized by the community,” Sweany said. “It took three years to really get a gig in town. The best of the best are there, so it takes a lot of time and energy to make a name for yourself.” Living in Nashville turned out to be a great move for Sweany — being one of the few working musicians in town who specializes in country blues and “old time” roots music. “The one part about me being who I am, the music I do — there’s really no one else doing what I do in Nashville anyway,” Sweany said. “I can’t go see an

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Photo courtesy of Dave Creaney Patrick Sweany performed at The Grey Eagle on Oct. 28. authentic blues band at all in Nashville. I just don’t sweat any of that anymore because I do what I do, and I mean I feel like people really respect it.” Things weren’t always so easy for Sweany as a newcomer to the Nashville music scene, as he described how he stuck with his inner voice for his artistic integrity. “When I got there, I was really intimidated because everyone else seemed like they were so much better at all these other things,” Sweany said. “But what they can’t do is write Patrick Sweany songs. They can’t play my weird songs with country-blues guitar picking, and that whole archaic box that I fit into, so I just don’t worry about it. I don’t have anything to prove to anybody in town. I just do that one little narrow thing really

Resident assistant know, I made those statements to myself and didn’t think I would have the opportunity to go back on them so it’s still kind of a weird dream,” he said. “It’s great, I love it. It’s cool to be doing this sort of work again at a place where I was able to learn and grow, you know UNCA and specifically Founders.” The RA job offers the opportunity for individuals to grow as leaders, according to the Founders community director. “I think it’s one of the greatest things the RA job can provide to anyone. Even if you are a natural born leader and you,


well.” Recently, Sweany ventured out of the Nashville recording scene to work on his next album at the world-famous Sam Phillips Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. He seemed excited and eager to talk about the yet-to-be-named project, which features many notable musicians and studio engineers. “We worked out of a place built by Sam Phillips called ‘Phillips Recording’ with the money he made from selling Elvis Presley’s recording contract at RCA,” Sweany said. “It’s been a working studio since 1960 — I mean they recorded ‘Woolly Bully’ there, just tons of stuff. I know John Prine’s ‘Pink Cadillac’ was recorded there, all sorts of shit all through the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s. Now Matt has been working with the Phillips

family, and it an amazing room to work in. All of Jerry Lee Lewis’s country-ish stuff was done there. The piano is even still in the same place it was 50 years ago. It’s just incredible.” The crew that worked on Sweany’s newest project was just as esteemed as the historic studio they were working out of, some of them even Grammy award-winning artists. “The guy I wanted to work with, Matt Ross-Spang who is a Grammy award-winning sound engineer, has this Sam Phillips kind of ‘perfect imperfections’ kind of style that he engineers with that I really wanted this record to feel like,” Sweany said. “Dave Cobb, the producer, is Matt’s go-to guy. They have this thing going on that you want your record to sound like.” The conversation concluded with Sweany reflecting on his performance at the hallowed ground of rock ‘n’ roll — the sacred and humble Sun Studios. The very room Elvis recorded his first songs, where countless other early rock ‘n’ roll stars had made their mark. Sweany became very reverent. “There was a CBS special program called ‘The Sun Sessions,’ and we did one where my band went down there and they recorded us and filmed us playing our songs in the same room that Elvis, Jimmy Reed, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison played in,” Sweany said. “I was so nervous. So nervous. Now you’re in the church, and the vibe is definitely there and you want to be respectful and perform well. The album which is still in the works, will be out by this time next year, and will be by design, a very very greasy, groovy record.”

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you know, lead friend groups or whatever, if you lead clubs. You know you’re already doing that kind of stuff, but you know as an RA you’re kind of leading all

It is a little surreal. I never imagined that I would be able to work here again. Jacob Williams

the time,” Williams said. RAs have a phrase, “You never take your RA hat off.” RAs live where they work and are not really able to clock out, Williams said. “So I think it teaches you how to constantly be leading folks and it taught me a lot about myself through that process. I learned a lot about dealing with different people,” he said. “As an RA everything is fair game and your students, whatever they’re willing to share and communicate about, you know, you’re ready to have conversations with them at any

time.” Williams believes his experience as a RA not only helped him grow as a leader, but prepared him for his current and future careers. “I think that’s something that has been very applicable to the community director job because now my RAs, when they have questions it’s not always between the 9 to 5 hours and a lot of them are pretty simple questions to be able to respond to. I think the RA job prepared me for the always-working mentality,” Williams said.


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